Top 10 Ultimate Motorcycle Road Trips in the USA

Discovering America on a motorcycle is a dream of every rider. The drives are every bit as awesome as you can ever imagine. The perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, biker-friendly stops and the incredible vistas make riding on the road an adventure of a lifetime. Here are our picks of the top 10 road stretches in the USA that are best experienced on a bike.

1: California Highway 1

California Highway 1
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Built alongside the majestic Pacific Coast, California Highway 1 is regarded as one of the finest all time roads for motorcylists in the United States. The road abounds with terrifying twists and turns with lots of rollercoaster ups and downs, opening up magnificent panoramic views of the oceanic waves rolling by at each turn. The 700 mile long road starts from Leggett in the Redwood forest and meanders along the south to Dana Point close to Leguna Beach, passing by an endless array of stunning sites along the route.

Address: Highway CA-1

2: The Great River Road (Hwy 61)

The Great River Road (Hwy 61)
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The 2,552 mile long Great River Road or Highway 61 starts from Itasca State Park, Minnesota and reaches Jackson, Louisiana. Built in 1938, it was meant to be a single route connecting 10 states lying alongside the great Mississippi River, starting from its headwaters in Minnesota and terminating in Louisiana Cajun County. The joyride takes you through sections of the road dotted with cypress swamps, sprawling meadows, limestone cliffs, thick forests or wildlife havens. You can avoid the industrial cities scattered alongside.

Address: Great River Rd, Minnesota

3: Needles Highway, Black Hills, South Dakota

Needles Highway, Black Hills, South Dakota
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Needles Highway is so called because it winds its way through tall granite needles. Take to the Needles Highway and you will feel as if it was built especially to raise your adrenaline levels! However, breakneck speed is something that you will be forced to avoid when you take in the stunning vistas along the route. The road passes through two tunnels, Iron Creek Tunnel and Needles Eye Tunnel blasted through the steep granite walls. If you are lucky, you might just spot a bison sauntering by or see the deer and antelope at play. The Needles Highway is also the venue for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an exciting event held in August every year.

Address: SD-87, Custer, SD 57730

4: Tail of the Dragon, Deal's Gap, North Carolina

Tail of the Dragon, Deal's Gap, North Carolina
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This spectacular road, built both for the motor cycles and sports cars, runs along the border of the south-eastern part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With 318 curves in an 11 mile span and supported by amazing sights along the way, a motorcycle ride on the Tail of the Dragon is the stuff that dreams are for the adventure bikers. Along the route, you can also stop at the "Tree of Shame", a monument dedicated to the people who crashed their bikes while driving recklessly along the road. On the tree, you can see bike parts nailed to the trees and dangling from their branches. The Tail of the Dragon is also a favorite shooting locale for the Hollywood and TV producers and has featured in several movies and television programs including The Fugitive and Top Gear.

Address: 17555 Tapoco Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771

5: Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia winds through the countryside of the state of Virginia and offers local attractions to the bike riders. Along the route, you will come across an old mill pond with a still working millwheel as well as a host of charming Civil War sites. The lower half of the road runs from I-77 to Cherokee, NC. Along this route, you will be able to see the mighty Smokey Mountains of the North Carolina. Drive further and you will come across some of the finest mountain views below Ashville, NC in the eastern United States. The speed limit on the road is 45 miles an hour, which means that you can speed down and savour the delightful scenery as it unfolds.

Address: 2551 Mountain View Rd, Vinton, VA 24179

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